Romero Duno wins by knockout, Elorde loses world title bid

CARSON — The boxing world celebrated Mexican Independence Day by renewing the Philippines versus Mexico ring rivalry.

In Las Vegas, Juan Miguel Elorde, grandson of the legendary Filipino boxer Gabriel “Flash” Elorde I saw his world title hopes crushed by WBO junior featherweight champion Emanuel Navarette, who knocked him out in four rounds.

However, in Carson California, better results for another Filipino fighter.

Romero “Ruthless” Duno and Ivan Striker Delgado went to toe to toe for seven rounds on Sunday.

Duno landed a series of powershots throughout the fight while also eating a few combinations from Delgado.

But after overhand right and inside combinations, Delgado looked gassed in the seventh round.

He did not leave his corner for the 8th round giving the 23-year-old from General Santos City his 21st career win — 16th by knockout.

“It was a good fight I wasn’t expecting the knockout cuz I know Ivan wants to win the fight too.”

In his post fight interviews, Duno made sure to show the world, who he wanted to fight next: undefeated Ryan Garcia.

The 24 hours leading up to the fight, had taken a strange turn, when Garcia’s original opponent Avery Sparrow was arrested for domestic violence charges.

He was offered to fight Duno instead, but Duno’s promoter Golden Boy Promotions and Garcia’s team could not come to terms, leading to a series of social media exchanges.

“I know he’s not scared. I know it I know he’s a fighter too maybe he needs some time to think about.”

As Garcia sat out fight night entirely, he did chime in on Duno’s performance.

He took to Twitter to further clarify that his refusal to fight Duno on short notice was about standing up to the politics of boxing.

And if that fight with Ryan Garcia does push through for November, Duno will most likely stay stateside where he’ll train, for what is expected to be the biggest fight of his young career.

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  • Mario
    18 September 2019 at 8:29 am - Reply

    DUNO wild and lack of defense, he knew it will be an easy fight. ELORDE got KO in the 4th Round. That is the problem when it comes to Pinoy boxers, who carry a boxing bloodline, their managers tend to handpick a weak opponent in order to maintain a good record. But when it come to championship fight our Filipino boxers get KO. Golden Promotion owned by Oscar de la Joya, made the right decision NOT to allow DUNO to fight Sanchez. He sold already Tickets in advance, DUNO-SANCHEZ fight in another day will be a double or more income for ODJ. That is business.